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Mayor Lori Lightfoot set to announce new Chicago public school leader – NBC Chicago

NOTE: NBC Chicago will be offering a live broadcast of the announcement starting at 9 a.m. in the player above.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is expected to announce Chicago’s new head of public schools on Wednesday, months after former CEO Dr Janice Jackson stepped down.

Lightfoot is due to hold a press conference at 9 a.m. on Wednesday alongside the CPS leadership at Benito Juarez High School. (Watch live in the player above)

While the mayor’s office has not officially confirmed who she will choose, Pedro Martinez, the superintendent of San Antonio schools, has been repeatedly flagged as a favorite. Martinez is also a graduate of Benito Juarez.

A source with knowledge of the pick confirmed to NBC 5 that Martinez will be named on Wednesday.

Dr José M. Torres has served as interim CEO since June, following Jackson’s announcement earlier this year that she would be stepping down at the end of her contract to spend time with her family.

Martinez has served as Superintendent of the San Antonio Independent School District since 2015. Prior to that, he was Superintendent in Residence for the Nevada Department of Education. Martinez was also CFO of Chicago Public Schools under Arne Duncan, the former US Secretary of Education.

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